EAST LIVERPOOL - City police are taking "very seriously" a home invasion early Monday morning at the former Caywood Mansion, 2600 St. Clair Ave.
Tenant Cori L. Blosser was asleep in her bedroom just before 1 a.m. when she awoke to find a male in her room, shining a flashlight at her. Her daughter was also home at the time, according to detectives.
"He was startled to find her there," Detective Don Fickes said, adding, "A lot of people think it's empty, but it's occupied now."
The mansion had been damaged by fire and had been vacant for some time. It figured in the news in May when a group of young people were found having a party inside while it was still vacant, resulting in charges filed against a dozen people.
Monday, Blosser chased off three people, including the one found in her bedroom, and they fled on foot. Police are uncertain of their gender, although they said Blosser thought they were younger males.
They got away with computers, DJ equipment and tools, some of which were recovered when a woman found a bag weighing about 70 pounds in her trash can that contained some of the stolen items.
Fickes said officers responded so quickly to Blosser's 911 call that she was watching the intruders run off as officers began spotlighting the property. He said this quick response is most likely the reason the intruders decided to ditch the stolen items, rather than try to escape carrying the heavy bag.
"We think they were on foot. If they had a car, they wouldn't have dropped that bag," he speculated.
Most disturbing to police is the fact that there was a vehicle in the driveway close to where the intruders entered by breaking a window. It is believed they used a heavy object to pound on the door, trying to determine if anyone was home, but getting no response decided to break in.
"We're taking this very seriously," Fickes said, adding the intruders were lucky Blosser didn't use a gun she had handy.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the police department at 330-385-1234.